Environmental Rights in the Constitution

David Suzuki is bringing up the issue of transcending market culture by calling for constitutional rights of the environment .

Financial Post | Opinion

Putting nature in the constitution helps the environment

David Suzuki is an award-winning scientist, not an economist, but he recently called on Canada to consider innovative environmental policy ideas adopted in Ecuador and Bolivia. Peter Foster’s response to Suzuki’s proposals for a more sustainable Canada displayed an ignorance of both economic and environmental reality.

At the heart of Foster’s essay are several economic theories that have been debunked by reams of empirical evidence.

First, Foster claims that rich countries are better environmental stewards than poor countries. The widely cited Environmental Performance Index published annually by Yale and Columbia universities in collaboration with the World Economic Forum show this claim to be false. Foster’s attack on Ecuador is undermined by the fact that Ecuador sits in 31st place, ahead of Canada (37th) and the United States (49th). Four other relatively poor Latin American nations outperform Canada, including Costa Rica, Brazil and…

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